Rousey: Because I love Carano, I’d fight her like she’s my worst enemy
It must be exhausting being Ronda Rousey. Less than two months between fights for her, the opponent speculation hit maximum overdrive.
Would it be Gina Carano, who publicly acknowledged she wanted to compete again? Would it be the boxer-turned-mixed-martial-artist Holly Holm? Would Cris Cyborg come into the fold? Maybe Cat Zingano would finally cash in her opportunity? The answer was none of the above.
Instead, the UFC surprised most when it announced Rousey would fight Alexis Davis at UFC 175 on July 5.
The reason? Scheduling. The original word was that Rousey wanted to fight in the late summer, but after recently meeting with Dana White, it was determined that a July date would work best. It would put Rousey on a major event -- the Fourth of July weekend show is historically one of the biggest of the year -- and also give her time to rest up before doing promotion for her film debut in "The Expendables."
“One of the things my mom always taught me was, it doesn't matter if you won the last tournament or the person you're fighting was in the Olympics or even an Olympic champion.”
- Ronda Rousey
Davis is currently ranked No. 2, so she's not exactly being shoehorned in undeservedly; it's just that her name doesn't yet carry with it the same kind of buzz as some of the others more prominently mentioned